Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Beauty, Fartlek, Corn Burners, Axe / Tag, Shirt

A little bit about a lot of things:


I had a good 12 mile run early this morning. It's absolutely beautiful this time of year. The tulips and the trees in bloom make me appreciate the beauty of God's creation.


This is the Swedish word for "speed play." The workout began with 20 minutes of easy running to F Street. Then I worked all the uphills on F Street and ran easier on the downhills. I also ran hard around the lake just north of F Street between 192nd and 204th Streets and I ran the last mile faster than normal (5:53). The idea is to shift the pace around and get the heart and lungs working harder than normal. It worked. It was a killer workout.

Corn Burners

I didn't even know there was such a thing before this morning's run. A friend of mine, I'll call him Freddie, but is real name is Mark, slowed down in his truck and talked to me for a while. I appreciated the company. My normal training partner, Christy, is recovering from illness, so I have been going it alone lately. For some really strange reason, Mark was hauling a big, strange-looking apparatus in the back of his truck. I asked him what it was and he said it was a corn burner. I was on one of my uphill sections so I didn't get as many details as I wanted about WHY he was hauling a corn burner. More to come at a later date.


I was finishing strong by Beadle Middle School about a mile away from home. I flew by three boys who were waiting at the stop light. It was like walking through the entrance to the men's department at Dillard's. I don't know if it was AXE or TAG or some lethal combination of the two -- but my sense of smell may never be the same again.


I totally sweated through my gray Adidas ClimaLite t-shirt after an hour and a half of running. I left it on the entire time, as I always do!


Anonymous said...

Craig -

First: I haven't heard the term "fartlek" since high school Track practice. Thanks for bringing back the memories of jelly legs and the odd sensation of glass in my ribcage.

Second: Thank Goodness you left your shirt on! The last thing I need to see on my morning commute is a topless Norwegian. :)


Diane Muir said...

Things I'm thankful for in Craig: He wears t-shirts when he runs and doesn't wear AXE when he comes to work.

Oh, and thanks for sharing chocolate chip cookies!

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